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Constituent course in GIS and knowledge base for selected environmental regulations
|Master programme in
Bæredygtig Omstilling (TekSam) / Environmental Science
|Type of activity
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|Number of participants
|Responsible for the activity
|Head of study
Bente Kjærgård (firstname.lastname@example.org)
IMT Studyadministration (email@example.com)
he course focuses on current issues associated to natural resources in the open country and environmental assessments prior to decisions that may significantly affect the environment. Emphasis is on the knowledge base, the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) and, the key factors for obtaining good quality in the knowledge base for decision makers and for building policy and regulation on a quantitative base. The course has three dimensions:
|Detailed description of content
The course focuses on current issues associated to natural resources in the open country and environmental assessments prior to decisions that may significantly affect the environment. Emphasis is on the knowledge base and the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) for policymaking based on, or informed by, rigorously established objective evidence. Thus, building policy and regulation on a quantitative base. The course has three dimensions:
|Course material and Reading list
The course literature is linked to each individual course and planned according to the stated expected work effort. Reading instructions and access to the written material will be made available on moodle.
|Overall plan and expected work effort
The course is 5 ECTS, corresponding to 135 hours of work for each student. An approximate distribution is:
• preparation of lectures: 3 hours per lecture
• participation in lectures: 2 hours per lecture.
• preparation for lab activities: 2 hours
• participation in lab activities: 2 hours
• Exercises and feedback to fellow students 24 hours.
• Final exam paper: 21 hours
The course depends on a high degree of participant involvement, which requires extensive preparation in order to meet the desired learning goals. From the above it appears approx. 64 hours of independent work, 50 hours of written exercises, presentations, and feedback to fellow students. 21 hours for exams.
• In the lectures, we will focus on the knowledge base of environmental assessments prior to policymaker decisions and interventions to mitigate the course of specific environmental problems.
• Each lecture is supplemented with a lab activity where the students work directly with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in order to understand how existing geodata can be used to represent relevant spatial knowledge potentially qualifying the decisions taken.
|Evaluation and feedback
During the course different forms of evaluation and feedback is used in combination with home assignments. The students are expected to: i) contribute to a living learning environment during lectures and labs; ii) participate in feedback on each other's assignments to support cooperative learning, and iii) present in plenum primary results from assignments and plenary discussions
A final oral evaluation of the entire course is held, and all students are expected to complete an electronic individual evaluation.
Each lecture (Level 1) is supported by a GIS lab (level 2)
1. Introduction to how geodata represents spatial knowledge
2. Knowledge base and data base
3. Dissemination of the digital representation of the physical space
4. Socio-economic assessment of environmental projects
5. Pollution and effects on the socio-ecological system
6. Land use and biodiversity relationships
7. Land use, land use change and forestry
8. Climate footprint and land use in connection with mega-trends in human food consumption
9. Public authorities' work with environmental assessments, why and how
10. Workshop with selected topics, primary conclusions, visualization (part of exam assessment)
11. Final debate on knowledge base and political processes for decision making
|Overall learning outcomes
Knowledge, skills and competences
|Form of examination
Oral group exam based on a product written by a group
Permitted group size: 2-4 students.
The character limit of the written product is:
For 2 students: 9,600-19,200 characters, including spaces.
For 3 students: 16,800-21,600 characters, including spaces.
For 4 students: 24,000-28,800 characters, including spaces.
The character limits include the cover, table of contents, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.
Time allowed for exam including time used for assessment is for:
2 students: 30 minutes.
3 students: 40 minutes.
4 students: 50 minutes.
The assessment is individual and based on the student's individual performance.
The assessment is an overall assessment of the written product(s) and the subsequent oral examination..
Permitted support and preparation materials at the oral exam: All.
Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
Moderation: Internal co-assessor.
|Form of Re-examination
Samme som ordinær eksamen / same form as ordinary exam
|Type of examination in special cases
|Examination and assessment criteria
Oral group exam based on written products prepared by the participating in the lab activities. Based on specific courses and lab activities four peergrade assignments are performed, of which the students can choose to hand in three for the exam. This could be an impact on the digital knowledge representation of a subject area. For instance: i) Carbon sequestration and groundwater; ii) Pollution and effects on the socio-ecological system; iii) Nature lacks space; iv) Changed land use practices to meet human diet shifts In addition to the peergrade assignments the students fill in a logbook writing approximately half a page with main learning points from the individual course and lab exercises. A compilation of the logbook notes are also submitted and used for the exam in principal including the entire course syllabus.
The assessment criteria: • The ability to select and apply as well as reflect on the range of methods, models and data bases as a knowledge base for regulation within selected areas. • The ability to identify roles and opportunities for action for relevant knowledge institutions, involved parties and societal actors for specific selected regulatory areas • The ability to collect and navigate in spatial data collections and extract and present new knowledge from here • The ability to recommend relevant knowledge base for societal institutions regarding regulation of selected problem areas • The ability to assess interactions between knowledge, political institutions and opportunities to steer towards political objectives
In addition, the student have to meet all formal requirements regarding active, regular and satisfactory participation, which involves participation in 70% of the course sessions as well as participation in the activities associated with the course. If the student does not meet the attendance requirement, the re-examination for this constitutes a written assignment based on given questions with a scope of a minimum of 21,600 number of characters and a maximum of 43,200 number of characters incl. spaces. The scope requirements include any front page, table of contents, bibliography, figures, and other illustrations, but excluding any appendices.